Obituaries – 2006 – P

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2006

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (P)


PARAHAM, Willie Mae
MEMPHIS – Willie Mae Paraham, 69, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at Methodist South Hospital. She was the sister of Fannie M. Waits of Como.
     Services are Saturday at noon at Harmonia M.B. Church. Burial will be in Harmonia Church Cemetery. Felix Cauthen Funeral Home has charge.
     Paraham was a member of Harmonia M.B. Church and an environment services supervisor.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson W. Paraham Sr.
     Survivors include two daughters, Carol A. Paraham Watts and Hester A. Paraham Hearn, both of Memphis; two sons, Emerson W. Paraham Jr. of Tacoma, Wash. and Tony E. Paraham of Memphis; one sister, Fannie M. Waits of Como; one brother, Jessie J. Campbell of Memphis; five grandchildren and six great  -grandchildren.

PARKER, Ma’Riya La Shae
BATESVILLE – Ma’Riya LaShae Parker, 3 weeks old, died Friday, January 27, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Graveside services are today at 11 a.m. at Rock Hill M.B. Cemetery. Rev. Harry Key will officiate. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Eddie Robinson and Son Funeral Home has charge.
     Survivors include her parents, Lacambris Parker and Leslie Barksdale; three sisters, Sarai Parker, Celestial Barksdale and Cikyra Barksdale; her grandparents, Peggy Parker, Dora Barksdale, James Brownlee and the late Robert Barksdale and a host of aunts and uncles.

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TUPELO – Gerald Ray Patterson, 53, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at North Mississippi Regional Medical Center.
     Memorial services were Thursday at First United Pentecostal Church. Rev. Harold Smith officiated. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Patterson, born Oct. 22, 1952, in Lambert, was a truck driver and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
     Survivors include two sons, Gerry Patterson of Waco, Texas and Chris Patterson of Nacogdoches, Texas; three brothers, Roy Patterson of Tupelo, Gary Patterson of Courtland and Paul Wayne Patterson of Huntsville, Texas; three sisters, Jo Steed and Linda Cobb, both of Lambert and Shirley Applewhite of Moorehead; and three grandchildren.

PATTERSON, T’Kylan Cortez
SENATOBIA – T’Kylan Cortez Patterson, infant son of Tiffany Patterson and Kelsey Jones, died May 22, 2006, in Senatobia.
     Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pate-Jones Funeral Home Front Street Chapel. Burial will follow in Cistern Hill Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home had charge.
     Along with his parents, survivors include his grandparents Rufus and Juanita Hill of Como, Patricia Harmon of Batesville, Floyd Patterson of Chicago, Ill. and Leroy Jones of Memphis; and his great-grandparents, Gearldine Collins, Dorothy and Lindbergh Jones, all of Como and Clara Patterson of Batesville.

PATTON, Helen Maude
ENGLAND, Ark. –  Helen Maude Patton, 71, died Sunday, January 29, 2006.
     Services were Wednesday at Dickins Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Harold Smith officiated. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery in Pope. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Patton, born Aug. 29, 1934, in Marks to the late Dewey Jones and the late Mattie Holley Jones, was a homemaker and a member of Perryville United Pentecostal Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Theo Patton; one son, Johnny Theo Patton and one sister, Irene Lamb.
Survivors include three sons, Bill Patton of Tucker, Ark., Darriell Patton of England, Ark. and Michael Patton of Stuttgart, Ark.; three daughters, Helen Rhodes of Monticello, Ark., Wilma Jean Rundel and Mamie Roy, both of England, Ark.; one brother, Jody Jones of Marks; two sisters, Imogeane Hester and Wilma Bowles, both of Batesville; 13 grandchildren; 15 great – grandchildren and two on the way.

PEACOCK, Lexie Lee
     WATER VALLEY- Lexie Lee Peacock, 64, died Friday, January 20, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services were Monday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge.
     Peacock, born to the late J.W. Peacock and the late Frances Godwin Peacock, was a painter and worked for Pettis Cigar Company for 15 years. He served in the U.S. Army in the Department of Central Intelligence during the Bay of Pigs Cuban conflict, was a member of the Odd Fellows of Water Valley. He was also a member of North Main Methodist Church and later, Hopewell Baptist Church.
     Survivors include his wife Imogene Hargett Peacock of Water Valley; one daughter Katrina Jordon of Batesville; two sons, Vernon Doyle Smith Jr. of Batesville and Jeremy Smith of Scottsboro, Ala.; one brother Noel "Bubba" Peacock of Calhoun City.

PEDEN, Clausen Cooper
MARKS – Clausen Cooper Peden, 82, died Tuesday June 6. He was the grandfather of Paul Brasher Jr. of Batesville.
     Funeral services are today at 10 a.m. at the Marks United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Simmons and Dr. Laurie Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Belen Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home has charge.
     Peden was born September 2, 1923, to the late Clausen and the late Virginia Cooper Peden in Belen. He graduated from Marks High School and attended Mississippi State University.
     He served in the United States Army during World War II.
     He established Belen Mercantile Company in 1946 and served as U.S. Postmaster for the Belen community until his death. He was an Eagle Scout and remained active with the Boy Scouts of America, was president of the Belen Cemetery Association and a member of the Marks Rotary Club. He was also a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous where he received his 30-year sobriety medal in January.
     Peden was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Douglas Peden and Lewis Perry Peden.
     Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Eileen Lee of Marks; two daughters Beverly Neale of Memphis and Mary Catherine Brasher of Oakland; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     Memorials be made to the Marks United Methodist Church P.O. Box 157, Marks, MS 38646.

PEGUES, Arlelia     
     OXFORD – Arlelia Pegues, 76, died Friday, October 27, 2006, at her residence.
     Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Rev. Eric Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home has charge.
     Pegues was a member of New Hope M.B. Church and was the mother of Save Our Children.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Elisha "Lil Boy" Pegues and a grandson, Patrick Shaw.
     Survivors include two daughters, Edith Hilliard and Gladys Robinson, both of Oxford; four sons, James Houston of Detroit, Mich., William Houston of Abbeville, Freddie Lee Houston and Daniel "Peter" Houston; two sisters, Lillie Mae Thompson of Oxford and Eugenia Jones of Batesville; 20 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

PEGUES, Bobby Ray
BATESVILLE – Bobby Ray Pegues, 58, died Sunday, September 24, 2006, at University Hospital in Jackson.
     Services are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Bluff Springs M.B. Church in Sardis. Rev. L.C. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery. Visitation is today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Pegues, born July 26, 1948, in Batesville to Lela Mae Draper Pegues and the late Joe Walter Pegues, was a member of Bluff Springs M.B. Church in Sardis.
     Survivors, along with his mother, include his guardian, Beverly Pegues of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Sandra Hilliard and Vivian Callicut, both of Sardis; three sons, Bobby Ray Pegues Jr. of Sardis, Lamont Green of Cincinnati, Ohio and Anthony Cathey of Batesville; four sisters, Patricia Gross, Sarah Lois Sheegog and Betty Rudd, all of Batesville and Willie Mae Smith of Norman, Ill.; 12 brothers, Ezell Pegues, Arthur Lee Pegues, Gilbert Pegues, Jimmy Pegues, Silas Pegues and Wesley Pegues, all of Batesville, Leonard Pegues of Olive Branch, Jessie Pegues of Sardis, Earnest Pegues of Crowder, B.J. Pegues of St. Louis, Mo., Clarence Pegues and John Ballentine, both of Memphis and 16 grandchildren.

PERRY, Norman Lee
BATESVILLE – Norman Lee Perry, 71, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Robert Rawson officiated. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Perry, born April 11, 1935, in Memphis to the late Delbert L. and Gecktter Triplett Perry, was a deputy jailer of the Panola County Sheriff’s Department, a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Marine Corps and a member of the Church of Christ.
     Survivors include his wife, Joyce Marie Boshers Perry of Batesville; four daughters, Monica Love and Sharon Love, both of Batesville, Paige Sanders of Noel, Mo. and Dawn Gilreath of Walls; one son, Timothy Parry of Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren and one grate-granddaughter.

PETERSON, Gordon Locke
HORN LAKE –  Gordon Locke Peterson, 31, died Sunday, January 29, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Moore – Nowell Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Alan Parnell will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Sardis. Moore – Nowell Funeral Home has charge.
     Peterson, born Feb. 5, 1974, to the late Gustaf Peterson and the late Laurie Brock Peterson, was a slot technician for Hollywood Casino in Tunica.
     Survivors include one aunt, Angie Edwards of Sardis.

PHILLIPS, Louise Brewer
     BATESVILLE – Louise Brewer Phillips, 93, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Phillips, born Sept. 27, 1913, to the late Eugene and Onnie Jane Tippitt Brewer, was a homemaker and retired from Reliance Manufacturing Company in Water Valley. She was also a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Courtland.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Red S. Phillips.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Rebecca Jean Phillips Cathey of Memphis and Nancy Phillips Ise of Newport Beach, Calif.; one son, Jack B. Phillips of Ripley, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

PIERCE, Dempsey Freddie
MARKS- Dempsey Freddie Pierce, 84, died Wednesday, September 6, 2006, at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. He was the grandfather of Bill Gurley of Batesville who owns Bilbo’s.
     Services were Friday at Gurley Family Center in Marks. Pastor Tommy Darby officiated. Burial was in Memorial Gardens in Clarksdale. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Pierce was born in Lafayette County to the late Guy and Zoner Pierce.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorine Brewer Pierce; three brothers, Red Pierce, Flavis Pierce and Guy Pierce Jr. and a granddaughter, Margie Louanna Gurley.
     Survivors include his children, Betty Ann Gurley of Marks, Jimmie Faye Sneed of Darling and Tina Phillips of Big Creek; two sisters, Cornelia Turberville of Cincinnati, Ohio and Julia Stokes of Jackson; one brother, Jimmy Pierce of Alligator; his special friend, Heddy Champion; 14 grandchildren, including Bill Gurley of Batesville, 32 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

PIERCE, Robert Earl
TUPELO – Robert Earl Pierce, 63, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Sanctuary Hospice House.
     Services were Monday at Dickins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Kevin Teague officiated. Burial was in Longtown Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home had charge.
     Pierce, born April 23, 1942, in Marks to Lucille Ard Pierce Welsh Morgan and the late Thomas Robert Pierce Sr., was a retired farmer and roofer.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Pierce, and two sons, Robert Earl Pierce Jr. and Robert Clay Pierce.
     Survivors, along with his mother, include his companion, Ruby Barlow of Courtland; two daughters, Vicki Pierce Millette of Crestview, Fla. and Darleen Pierce Stetes of Cicero, N.Y.; one step-daughter, Lonni Love of Batesville; his daughter-in-law, Monica Pierce of Batesville; four brothers, Tommy Pierce and Danny Pierce, both of Marks, Billy Welsh and William Welsh, both of Southaven; three sisters, Lillian Minor of Coldwater, Sandra Cox of Hornsby, Tenn. and Rita Webster of Southaven and six grandchildren.

PHILLIPS, Lily Myrel
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Lily Myrel Phillips, 75, died Friday, December 1, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, following several long-term illnesses. Services were Monday, December 4, 2006, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
     Lily was born September 14, 1931, to the late George and Tishie (Smith) White in Harrisburg, Arkansas. A native of Arkansas, she moved to Iowa in 1955 but had traveled throughout the United States. For 35 years she worked as a short order cook, most recently at Chuck and Dales, retiring in 2003. She currently resided with her son Michael, Susan, Chelsee, Breanna, "Lil" Mike, Josh "PeeWee" and "Chica".  Manga "Grandma" was very much into her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed canning, quilting, sewing, playing bingo, cooking and spending time with her family. She will be missed and was deeply loved. "Lil" Miky and Caden were her "bestest buddies." Susan was her special caregiver and friend.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Smothers; a grandson, Sammy Trafter; three brothers, Donald, Jack and George; three sisters, Jane, Ruby and Pearl; four half-sisters, Bertha, Dorothy, Sarah and Dora; and a half-brother, Dewey.
     Survivors include her children, Sam Smothers of Sheridan, Ark., Dottie Tracy of Ankeny, Iowa, Sue Rouse of Elberon, Iowa, and Michael Smothers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, John White of Mississippi; and four sisters, Mary Pelts of Batesville, Shirley McCoy of Smithville, Doris Kaski of Kissimmee, Fla., and Dixie Davison of Winter Springs, Fla.
     A memorial fund has been established in memory of Lily.

PITTMAN, James Lavorgia
BATESVILLE – James Lavorgia Pittman, 77, died Friday, June 23, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Goodway United Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Marks Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Pittman, born Feb. 13, 1929, in Dundee, to the late Noel Lavorgia and the late Clara Stafford Pittman, was a member of Goodway United Pentecostal Church and a retired farmer.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Allen Pittman, one daughter, Jennifer Pittman and one son, Albert Pittman.
Survivors include: one daughter, Brenda K. Pittman Brown of Batesville; one grandson, Todd Weeks of Batesville; one granddaughter, Dana Helmes of Batesville; four great-grandchildren, Anna Colby and Ashley Claire Weeks and Kholton and Konnor Helmes; five sisters, Shirley Ponvelle of Chackbay, La., Jean Pitre of Thibodaux, La., Mardis Sanders of Houma, La., Martha Brown of Thibodaux, La. and Ann Floyd of Grayson, La.; two brothers, C.W. Pittman and Barney Pittman, both of Batesville.

PITCOCK, Grady Walker
SARDIS – Grady Walker Pitcock, 82, died Saturday, February 18, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Services are today at 1 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Greg Johnston and Rev. Jim Scruggs will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Pitcock, born June 5, 1923, to the late Willie Earl and the late Ossie Walker Pitcock, was a Baptist and a retired supervisor for the Mississippi State Motor Vehicle Scales. After retirement he was a bailiff for the Sardis courts for many years. He was also an Army World War II veteran.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye McLendon Pitcock and two sons, Grady Wayne Pitcock and Barry Lee Pitcock.
     Survivors include one daughter Debra Pitcock Bolton of Batesville; one sister Mary Edna Bevell of Hephzibah, Ga.; two brothers, Ralph Pitcock and Cecil Pitcock, both of Pope; two daughters-in-law, Vicki Britt Pitcock of Courtland and Barbara Chafin Pitcock of Jonesboro, Ark.; six grandchildren, Heath Bolton of Batesville, Lee Pitcock, Britt Pitcock and Garrett Pitcock, all of Courtland and Ty Pitcock and Claire Pitcock of Jonesboro, Ark. and four great-grandchildren, Erica Pitcock, Zack Pitcock, Brittney Pitcock and Maggie Pitcock, all of Courtland.
     The family asks that memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

POLSON, David Henry Sr.
     BATESVILLE –  David Henry Polson Sr., 59, died Monday, January 30, 2006, at his residence.
     Services are today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Polson, born June 24, 1946, in Laurens, S.C. to James Edgar and the late Effie Estes Polson, was a member of North Batesville Baptist Church and a painter.
     Survivors, along with his father, include his wife Reba Darby Polson of Batesville; two daughters, Pamela Christine Sensabaugh of Courtland and Natalie Lynn Shields of Batesville; one son, David Henry Polson Jr. of Courtland; five sisters, Carol Polson Johnson, Kathy Polson Smart, Judy Gray Burden and Drucillia Bowers Wright, all of Clinton, S.C. and Helen Polson Smith of Laurens, S.C.; three brothers, Tim Allen of Springfield, Mo., Jamie Polson and Ricky Polson, both of Clinton, S.C.; six grandchildren and one great – granddaughter.

POOLE, Christopher
OXFORD – Christopher Poole, 18, died Saturday, August 19, 2006, in Oxford.
     Services were Monday at Bethlehem M.B. Church. Rev. W.L. Nash officiated. Burial was in Bethlehem M.B. Church Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home had charge.
     Poole wa a native of Union County and was a 2006 graduate of Lafayette High School in Oxford.
     Survivors include his parents, Larry and Gloria Poole of Batesville; one brother, Larry Poole Jr. of Fort Benning, Ga.; three sisters, LaTricia Holland and LaToya Brown, both of Oxford, and Nakita Poole of Batesville; his grandparents, Virginia Poole of      Batesville, Sarah Holland of Etta and Davis Holland of Oxford.

POPE, Veluster
COURTLAND – Veluster Pope, 49, died May 23, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Saturday, May 27 at Salem M.B. Church. Burial was at Pope Chapel A.M.E. Church. Eddie Robison and Son Funeral Home had charge.
     He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mamie ?Nig? Pope and Betty Jean Crump, and one brother, Jimmy Pope.
     Survivors include his wife, Josephine Griffin Pope; four daughters, Vanetta Griffin, Teresa Griffin and Shamekia Griffin, all of Courtland, and Kizzy Griffin of Batesville; two sons, Edward Griffin of Memphis and Anthony Griffin of Courtland; four brothers, James Pope and William Pope, both of Pope, Jury Pope and Elbert Pope, both of Detroit and three sisters, Birdia Pope of Como, Georgella Hall of Batesville and Christine Smalley of Detroit, and a host of nieces and nephews.

PORTER, Earnest Lee
COURTLAND – Earnest Lee Porter, 48, died Wednesday, November 1, 2006.
     Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Shiloh M.B. Church in Courtland. Minister Edwin Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Courtland. Visitation is today 10 a.m.  – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Porter, born Jan. 4, 1958, to Jennie Ruth Harris Porter of Charleston and the late Will Porter, was a farmer.
     Survivors along with his mother include his wife, Eula D. Porter of Batesville; five daughters, Ann Porter, Angela Porter, Lee Ann Porter, Charlotte Porter and Tammie Heath, all of Batesville; five sons, Earnest Lee Porter Jr., Ronnie Lee Porter, Eddie Lee Porter, Willie Lee Porter and Marqueze Porter, all of Batesville; nine sisters, Charlene Porter, Willie Mae Porter Sykes, Dorothy Porter, Christine Ellis and Eubera Jean Lee, all of Batesville, Muff Porter, White Porter, Mayle Porter, Minnie Porter Robinson, all of Benton Harbor, Mich.; five brothers, Richard Benson of Batesville, James Porter, Quinn Porter, Larry "Boy" Porter, all of Benton Harbor, and William Tucker of Tucson, Ariz.; a friend whom cared for him, Mary Pough of Courtland and nine grandchildren.

PORTER, Frank Lee
LAMBERT- Frank Lee Porter, 35, died Saturday, December 24, 2005, at his residence.
     Services were Monday at Union Grove M.B. Church. Rev. Gene Price officiated. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery in Marks. Cooley’s Mortuary had charge.
     Porter was born May 7, 1970, in Marks to Dorothy F. Porter Cooper and the late Willie James Reed.
     Survivors include his mother Dorothy F. Porter Cooper of Lambert; his step-father Lee Cooper of Lambert and one sister Doris Ann Porter of Lambert.

BIRMINGHAM RIDGE, Ala. – Ann V. Posey, 50, died Wednesday, March, 1, 2006, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness.
     An Alabama native, she was born December 29, 1955, to the late Leander and Nocle Davis Hallmark. She had been a resident of the Birmingham Ridge Community for over 30 years. She was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed spending quality time with her son Shorty.
     Services will be 2 p.m. today at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo has charge.
     Survivors include her husband of 31 years, James Posey of Saltillo; one son, James Lee "Shorty" Posey and wife, Janet of Saltillo; one sister, Linda Bishop of Tupelo; one brother, Thomas Hallmark of Clarksdale; two grandchildren, Ashley Wiggins and Hannah Toliver, both of Saltillo and her loving puppy named Baby.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Mary McDonald and two brothers, Robert Hallmark and Junior Ray Hallmark.
     Pallbearers will be Lenn Toliver, Jeff Mashburn, Mike Ballard and Marlin Posey.

POSTON, Betty Huddleston
BATESVILLE – Betty Huddleston Poston, 77, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at her son’s residence.
     Services were Sunday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jack Conrad officiated. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Poston was a member of the First Baptist Church.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. Poston.
     Survivors include one son, Nat Poston of Germantown, Tenn.; one sister, Alice Huddleston Pace of Franklin, Tenn.; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.

POTTS, Larry D. Jr.
WATER VALLEY – Larry D. Potts Jr., 29, died Saturday, August 26, 2006.
     Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Felton Mason will officiate. Burial will be in Cold Springs Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home has charge.
     Potts was a technician at Tri-Lakes Refrigeration.
     Survivors include one daughter, Amber Potts of Batesville; one son, Brandon Potts of Batesville; his parents, Dottie Carlisle of Tunica and Larry D. Potts of Pope; two sisters, Joy Redwine of Pope and Jackie Green of Water Valley.

POUNDERS, Percy Cook
HERNANDO- Percy Cook Pounders, 75, died Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at Jackson-Madison General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., from injuries received in an an auto accident.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Visitation is today at 9:30 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Pounders, born Nov. 2, 1930, in Eudora to the late Jones and Dahlia McElhaney Pounders, was a driver for Dobbs Pontiac Car Dealership of Memphis. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include three daughters, Shelia L. Pounders of Batesville, Jackie Pounders Langlow of Birmingham, Ala. and Amy Pounders Bailey of Crowder; two sisters, Diane Pounders White of Hernando and Bunnie Pounders Harville of Eudora; two brothers, Sidney L. Pounders and Jones Pounders Jr., both of Eudora, and four grandchildren.

POWERS, Doris Cobb
BATESVILLE- Doris Cobb Powers, 85, died Friday, December 8, 2006, at Fairfield Assisted Living.
     Graveside services were Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Powers, born Nov. 30, 1921, in Oxford to the late Alvin Clark and the late Nina Brock Cobb, was a homemaker.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude C. Powers Jr.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Marilyn Powers Johnson of Venice, Fla., formerly of Batesville, and Claudia Powers Phillipy of Memphis; one son, Alvin Claude Powers of Sommerville, Tenn.; two sisters, Pauline Cobb Dragoo of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Sadie Cobb Atkinson of Crowder; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

PRICE, Lady Lee
Former Como resident Lady Lee Price died September 8 at Southwest Community Hospital in Oklahoma City.
     She was 100.
     Services were held September 16 at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Howard-Harris Funeral Services had charge of arrangements.
     When she lived in Como Mrs. Price was a member of Cistern Hill Church and the Bright Light Chapel # 197, Order of the Eastern Star.
     She was born March 8, 1906, in Como to the late SeBorn and Mary Thomas.
     Survivors include her daughters, Mary Dowdell Rockford of Alabama, Elnora Jackson of Como and Anne Cofield of Oklahoma City; her son, Ernest Lee Lawton of Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

PRIDE, Lacey Clyde Jr.
     POPE – Lacey Clyde Pride Jr., 68, died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Madison Shannon Palmer High School. Rev. Ezra Towner Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Delta Burial Funeral Home. Delta Burial Corporation has charge.
     Pride, born Dec. 24, 1937, was a retired chief of police in Marks where he was the first black officer serving 44 years. He was a member of NAACP. He graduated from Walton Chapel High School and was a Baptist.
     Survivors include: his wife, Velma Pride of Marks; four daughters, Virginia Pride Johnson of Sledge, Laundra Pride Boatman of Springfield, Ill., Lyeart Pride of Memphis and Brenda Pride Johnson of Detroit; five sons, Paul Pride of Marks, L.C. Pride III of Cleveland, Ohio, Winfred Pride, Warren Pride and Glenn Pride, all of Detroit; a sister, Maud Saulsberry of Memphis; a brother, Lawrence Cedric Pride of Sledge; a step-mother, Annie Pride Herron of Slege; 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

PRUITT, Annie Viola
BATESVILLE – Annie Viola Pruitt, 84, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services were Sunday at National Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Burial was in Shelby Cemetery. Rev. Charles Locke officiated. National Funeral Home had charge.
     Pruitt, born June 25, 1921, in Tupelo to the late Joe Abe Hankins and the late Ludie Mae Green Hankins, was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Doyle Pruitt, one son, Jesse Doyle Pruitt Jr., five sisters and one brother.
     Survivors include one brother, Curtis Hankins of Texas; five daughters, JoAnn Golden of Marks, Joyce Miller of Elkhart, Ind., Faye Cobb of Batesville, Gaynell Emery of Water Valley and Charlotte Sullivan of Pope; five sons, Homer Baker of Pontotoc, Wayne Baker of Mantachie, Paul Pruitt of Marks, Robert Pruitt of Tutwiler and Rodney Pruitt of Marks; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

PURDY, Gene Tunney
LAMBERT –  Gene Tunney Purdy, 79, died Saturday, November 11, 2006, at his residence.
     Services were Monday at the First Baptist Church in Lambert. Rev. Don O’ Quin officiated. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home had charge.
     Purdy, born Nov. 11, 1927, in Lambert to the late Henry and Connie Purdy, was a retired grocery store owner, a retired transportation supervisor for Quitman County Schools and a member of the First Baptist Church in Lambert.
     He was preceded in death by one sister, Eva Etoile; two brothers, Claude Purdy and Knox Purdy and one granddaughter, Heather.
     Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae White Purdy of Lambert; one daughter, Roxanne Anderson of Memphis and one great- grandchild.





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